The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday granted two days' time to the Punjab government to clear its stand regarding the admission criteria to be adopted for its 85% state quota seats of MBBS/BDS courses.
The court headed by justice GS Sandhawalia made it clear that if the state government failed to file its detailed reply, the court would be constrained to pass its order.
When the bunch of 14 petitions came up for hearing on Tuesday, the Punjab government's counsel requested for more time. The high court had on April 29 directed the state government to file its response.
The Punjab government's notification issued on March 7 had made it mandatory for students to have passed Class 10 from a school situated in Punjab along with classes 11 and 12 to be eligible for its 85% state medical quota, which virtually rendered ineligible hundreds of medical aspirants who had done Class 10 from Chandigarh or Haryana. However, the notification was stayed by the high court on April 29.
The All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) was conducted for MBBS/BDS on May 4. As per the Supreme Court directions, the first round of counselling has to be completed before June 25.
Till the final settlement of the case, the state government's notification issued in 1996 would remain in operation. It states that a candidate who has lived in Punjab for five years or studied two years in the state prior to the qualifying exam would be eligible for its 85% state medical quota.